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Curriculum vitae

Research overview

Theory and political economics of the environment:

I. Dynamic games of emissions, technology, and contracts
II. Supply-side regulation: extraction v conservation
III. Political economics of regulation, instruments, and treaties


Conservation Contracts and Political Regimes
with job-market candidate Torben Mideksa
Review of Economic Studies, accepted

Private Politics and Public Regulation
with Georgy Egorov
Review of Economic Studies, accepted

The Market for Conservation and Other Hostages
Journal of Economic Theory 166(November), 2016: 124-151

Participation and Duration of Environmental Agreements
with Marco Battaglini
Journal of Political Economy 124(1), 2016: 160-204

The Dynamics of Climate Agreements
Journal of the European Economic Association 14(3), 2016: 719-752

Experimentation in Federal Systems
with Steve Callander
Quarterly Journal of Economics 130(2), 2015: 951-1002

Buy Coal! A Case for Supply-Side Environmental Policy
Journal of Political Economy 120(1), 2012: 77-115
Reprinted in Copeland (Ed.) Recent Developments in Trade and the Environment

Climate Contracts: A Game of Emissions, Investments, Negotiations, and Renegotiations
Review of Economic Studies 79(4), 2012: 1527-57
Reprinted in Finus & Caparros (Eds.) Game Theory and International Environmental Cooperation: Essential Readings

Bribes, Lobbying, and Development
with Jakob Svensson
American Political Science Review 105(1), 2011: 46-63
Reprinted in Dutta and Aidt (Eds.), Corruption and Economic Development. The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics

Trading for the Future: Signaling in Permit Markets
with Gunnar Eskeland
Journal of Public Economics 94(9-10), 2010: 749-760

Strategic Delegation and Voting Rules
Journal of Public Economics 94(1-2), 2010: 102-113

Do Side Payments Help? Collective Decisions and Strategic Delegation
Journal of the European Economic Association P&P 6(2-3), 2008: 468-477

Harmonization and Side Payments in Political Cooperation
American Economic Review 97(3), 2007: 871-889

Organizational Form and the Market for Talent
Journal of Labor Economics 25(3), 2007: 581-611

Flexible Integration? Mandatory and Minimum Participation Rules
Scandinavian Journal of Economics 108(4), 2006: 683–-702

Majority Rules and Incentives
Quarterly Journal of Economics 120(4), 2005: 535-568

Papers under review

Contracts and Induced Institutional Change
with Torben Mideksa, Dec '16.

The Conservation Contradiction and Political Remedies.

Technology and Time Inconsistency.

Compliance Technology and Self-enforcing Agreements
with Francesco Lancia and Alessia Russo, Aug '16.

The Political Economy of Weak Treaties
with Marco Battaglini, Dec '16.

Gridlock and Inefficient Policy Instruments
with David Austen-Smith, Wiola Dziuda, and Antoine Loeper, Dec '16.

Book chapters

Three recent articles are reprinted in books (see above)

Political Treaties as Incomplete Contracts
The Impact of Incomplete Contracts on Economics (Aghion et al., Eds.)

Games and Resources
with Matti Liski.
Encyclopedia of Energy, Natural Resource, and Environmental Economics 2013, vol. 2: 299-308

How to Negotiate and Update Climate Agreements
Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy (Aldy and Stavins, Eds.) Cambridge University Press, 2009

Book review of Environmental Markets: A Property Rights Approach
(by Anderson and Libecap)
Journal of Economic Literature 53(3), 2015

Work in progress

  • Conservation contracts for exhaustible resources
    with Nils Chr. Framstad
  • Soft boycotts and hard lobbying
    with Georgy Egorov
  • Environmental certification
    with Jacopo Bizzotto
  • International agreements on resource extraction
  • Green oil



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Tags: Economics, Applied Theory, Political Economics, Economic Policy, Public Economics, Resources Energy and Environment
Published Jan. 13, 2012 08:40 PM - Last modified Jan. 13, 2017 09:53 AM